The Hunger Games movie just got one step closer to finding a cast for the dystopian movie about a deadly game where children are basically sent to their reality-TV death. Fans across the globe have been wondering who will play the lead role of Katniss, as well as all the supporting characters. But before the cast can be announced, the movie needed a casting director.
Lionsgate Films, along with director Gary Ross, has dubbed Debra Zane as the person to find talent, whether unknown or not, to populate a movie thatÂ’s expected to be as big as the Twilight franchise. In fact, ZaneÂ’s credits include casting the two-part movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn. SheÂ’s also worked on such films as American Beauty, Pleasantville, and OceanÂ’s Twelve.
The announcement about the Hunger Games casting director also threw fans a bone or two in regards to who theyÂ’ll be looking for. Â“The stated goal: creating a level playing field for candidates ranging from, say, a promising young theater actor to an emerging screen star, such as 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, whose 'Hunger Games' stock has shot up since she anchored the hit 'True Grit,'Â” according to Speakeasy.
That means: donÂ’t be surprised if Katniss is played by someone "unknown."
The pace of news about Hunger Games should start speeding up now. Not only has the casting director been announced, but shooting is expected to start in late April or early May of this year in Georgia and North Carolina.
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